The president of a local car club is accused of wiping out the club’s banking account for his personal use.
Some of the club’s money was intended to be sent to a camp for children being treated for cancer, police said.
Nicholas J. Wiener, 38, 5309 173rd St., Chippewa Falls, was charged Monday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of theft from a business setting.
Wiener is free on a $1,000 signature bond, which prohibits him from having contact with the Chippewa Valley Volkswagen Club or its members.
Wiener returns to court July 19.
According to the criminal complaint:
Wiener became the new president of the Chippewa Valley Volkswagen Club in October 2015.
Wiener took full control of the club’s finances in March 2016 after the former president turned over the treasury aspect of the group to Wiener.
At that time the balance of the club’s bank account was $4,342.
The Associated Bank account was closed in October 2016 because of a negative balance.
A subpoena of the account’s records showed Wiener was using the organization’s account for personal expenses, including utilities, restaurants and online transactions.
The club’s annual event, “Dub Jam,” was advertised by Wiener in 2016 and 2017.
All the proceeds from the event go to Joshua’s Camp, a charity camp that is free to children undergoing cancer treatments.
The club’s former president and others learned Wiener did not pay Joshua’s Camp after the 2016 and 2017 Dub Jams.
Most of the emails from Joshua’s Camp to Wiener were ignored by Wiener.
About $1,600 was supposed to go to the camp in 2016 and $2,100 in 2017.
Sponsor checks to the club from businesses donating to Dub Jam were also not deposited into the club’s Associated Bank account.
The suspicious transactions made by Wiener with the club’s money totaled nearly $6,000.
Wiener did not respond to police email and phone attempts to talk about the investigation, and he was arrested on May 11.
If convicted, Wiener could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.
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